Seraph’s Sanctions: Faith and the Future Force #1

 

Writer: Jody Houser
Art: Stephen Segovia, Barry Kitson
Colors: Ulises Arreola
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Publisher: VALIANT COMICS (July 2017)

The Breakdown: 

Neela & her dinosaur lady partner, Ank, come to the present through time to get Faith. Why? To save creation. From what? An evil robot. Is Faith ready for time travel? You bet your a$$ she is.

 

The Bad: 

Nothing.

 

The Moment of the Issue: 

Honestly squeaked when Faith said she was waiting all her life to be told to save all of time … and the doctor who reference.

(Yes. I am a Whovian among other things.)

The Good: 

First off, the book’s art is wonderful. Segovia and Kitson bring their A-games into the book, creating wonderfully clean line work and glamours detail. Their panel work is superb, making each character look and feel special while creating the universe of Valiant feel good. There isn’t much in terms of backgrounds, but still do a spectacular job of making the book look and feel like a “epic” adventure.  With powerful expression and interesting perspectives, Segovia and Kitson do trap the feel of Faith alongside the timey-wimey of Neela that was established during the Ivar, Timewalker title. Arreola’s colors are still some of the best in the business and do a great job of meshing both styles of art together. While both styles are used well based on when in time they are used, Arreola’s colors add the consistency and power the line and ink work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXN6tgE4g_4

 

Houser takes this story to do a lot for Faith and Neela. Allowing the tone of  Faith’s series spill over, Houser makes sure to make the switch in tone and premise feel organic. There’s some superb characterization here as Houser makes Faith feel consistent with her voice while progressing her from the issues she had with the end of her title. Meanwhile, Houser definitely makes Neela shine as the new Timewalker, definitely living up to the task left by the previous Timewalker, Ivar.

 

Houser does a good job of developing the main plot of trying to save time itself while Neela has some secrets of her own and there is more going on then what is being seen. Houser peppers the issue with great pop culture references … including Doctor Who being referenced more than once. The dialogue was wonderful and Ank feels a big more evolved since her last appearance at the end of Ivar, Timewalker. The fact that time does get played with here in a very simple, yet interesting way allows Houser to bring different aspects of time travel and Faith’s life into the book.

The Verdict: 

Faith and the Future Force #1  is a superb first outing. It adds and evolves Faith from the events at the end of her series while also allowing the first issue to be accessible. The book also reintroduces Neela and Ank well as a dynamic duo of time travelers as they face a crisis in time that they need to stop … and Faith is the key in stopping it. The art is gorgeous, letting Segovia and Kitson work on their strengths while also allowing the book to feel consistent with the sequential art. Arreola once again shows why he is one of the best colorists in the business. Houser has made the story very simple to follow, but complex as there seems to have multiple layers between the time travel, whatever Neela’s hiding, Faith dealing with time travel and more. It was a fun read for people who enjoy time travel and seems to peak into the Valiant Universe.